Just when you’re starting to have fun, the toy breaks, the battery dies, or that critical piece snaps off the model! What’s a pro parent to do? I have saved myself and my family a great deal of toy-related heartache with a simple solution: a toy repair box. This box sits in the closet and offers everything we need for a quick toy repair.
No more digging through the junk drawer in the kitchen in search of that elusive coin-shaped watch battery or tiny screwdriver. The toy repair box totally has it all!
So what’s in my toy repair box?
The contents will depend exactly what types of toys your kids are into, but for our family, this is what works:
- Regular batteries of all sizes: AA, AAA, C, D, and 9 volt are the most useful. We use AA and AAA the most often, so I just keep a mason jar of each as a supplement to my toy repair box.
- Watch batteries – probably in 2 sizes – you can get a large pack at a hardware store or on Amazon
- Glue: Both super glue and gorilla glue handle different types of fixes
- A small hand pump for blowing things up (balls, balloons, pool floats)
- Flathead and Philips screwdrivers in a tiny size
Do you have a toy repair box? What would you add to yours?
[All photos by Karen Merzenich]